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. economic growth is far from robust. another big problem is the low interest rate environment. >> essentially the challenge is the spread between what they can pay for deposits and what they can earn on loans because of these very low interest rates is compressed. that makes earning money difficult. >> reporter: that said, some argue it's a good time to buy bank stocks because valuations are still relatively cheap. at 11.2, the financial sector has the lowest price to earnings ratio of any group, based on projected 2013 earnings. jim sinegal isn't impressed. >> there's good reason banks should trade at lower multiple than other sectors. there's a lot of risk there. a lot of leverage and banks aren't going to be as profitable going forward as they were in the past. >> reporter: investors will be watching friday for more hints about the health of the sector. that's when wells fargo will become the first of the big banks to release fourth quarter numbers. erika miller, "n.b.r.," new york. >> tom: still ahead, tonight's "word on the street," electronics. how semiconductor giant in
are two of his "ten predictions" for 2013. >> so the key, susie, is we're in an environment where stocks continue to climb walls of worry, and the economy continues to muddle through, not similar to last year. last year the economy some days okay, some days not so okay, and the stock market kept climbing that wall of worry. last year stocks were up 16%, s&p 500, and we only need about half that to achieve a new all-time high. i think we'll get there. >> susie: bob, how do markets go higher when the individual investor is out of the picture, so fearful of investing in stocks. do we see the return of the individual this year? >> i wish i could say we're going to see that, susie. but the individuals who own a lot of bonds first need to see bonds going down in price to be willing to sell them to buy stocks. i think we hit a new all-time high without much participation by the individual. it is the corporation itself that has the big burially since the become oof 09. >> susie: you believe the emerging markets are going to do better than the u.s. so should investors focus outside the u.s.? >> i
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